It is possible for teeth to be damaged for various reasons over time. This can occur due to tooth decay, injury or just natural use. As a result, the teeth may lose their shape or change in size. Dental crowns are veneers that have the shape of a tooth and can be placed on the tooth. The purpose of the dental crown procedure is to restore the shape, size, strength and appearance of the tooth.
What are Dental Crowns?
The reduction and coating of teeth that are broken due to decay or trauma or excessive loss of material due to another reason, or teeth that have undergone root canal treatment, is called a dental crown. The most important feature of a dental crown is that it fits perfectly to the damaged tooth underneath and is a dental restoration that surrounds the tooth from all sides.
Dental crowns make it possible to restore the treated tooth to a completely appropriate shape, size and function. The underlying tooth structure is protected against the risk of further damage. By improving the appearance of the tooth, the patient's smile and self-confidence are restored. In addition, long-lasting use is possible if proper care is provided.
For whom are dental crowns suitable?
- Restoration of teeth with large fillings and insufficient tooth support,
- In closing the gaps between the teeth, also known as diastema,
- Correction of deformities in teeth,
- Prevention of fracture of weak teeth,
- In the superstructures of dental implants,
- To provide a more aesthetic appearance of discoloured teeth,
- It is a dental procedure that can be used to correct teeth with fractures, decay, trauma or excessive loss of material due to any reason.
How are dental crowns made?
In order to make dental crowns, firstly, the tooth to be treated is made ready for application. The tooth is reduced appropriately and an impression is taken. In order to protect the patient's reduced teeth, temporary crowns are prepared on the day the impression is taken and temporarily bonded on the teeth. After the permanent dental crowns are produced, they are permanently bonded on the teeth using special adhesives and the treatment process is completed.
Dental crowns can be produced using many different materials. When deciding which material to use in the production of dental crowns, different factors such as the location and function of the tooth to be treated, the position of the gum tissue, the amount of teeth visible when the patient smiles and the colour of the surrounding teeth are evaluated.
Recovery Process After Dental Crowns
The lifespan of dental crowns usually varies between 5 and 15 years. The lifespan of crowns may vary depending on the amount of wear and tear they are exposed to due to use, how much attention is paid to oral hygiene practices and personal habits that affect oral health. These habits include grinding and clenching teeth, chewing ice, biting hard objects such as nails and pens.
Dental crowns do not require any special care. However, it is very important that the reduced teeth under the dental crowns are protected against decay and gum disease. Therefore, patients undergoing dental crown treatment should take the necessary care to ensure the best oral hygiene. In this context, teeth should be brushed twice a day and dental floss should be used. Particular attention should be paid to the hygiene of the area where the gum meets the tooth. Hard surfaces should not be bitten to prevent cracking of the material from which the dental crown is produced.